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Australian woman charged with using toxic mushrooms to kill ex-husband’s parents, aunt

The host of a weekend family lunch at her Australian country home was charged Thursday with murdering her ex-husband’s parents and aunt with poisonous mushrooms and attempting to murder a fourth guest, police said.

Police arrested Erin Patterson, 49, at her home in the Victoria state town of Leongatha, where her former husband’s parents, Gail and Don Patterson, both 70, Gail Patterson’s sister Heather Wilkinson, 66, and Wilkinson’s husband, Ian Wilkinson, 68, were invited for lunch on July 29.

All four guests were hospitalized the next day, and only Ian Wilkinson survived.

Bail requests for defendants charged with murder are usually referred to a higher court.


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